Send How-To Videos to Computer-Illiterate Parents

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Being a tech-savvy bunch, one could only imagine how much tech support the folks working in Google have to play whenever their loved ones run into the slightest issue with their computer. They feel the pain, and created Teach Parents Tech to relieve you from the same pain.



They have made some 50 how-to videos, ranging from basics like copy and paste, changing time on PC, to something more advanced like starting a blog, video chatting, and making calls from a computer.

Before you get started, you need to get two things done:

  1. Make sure your parents already have an email address and know how to use it
  2. Make sure they already know how to play an embedded YouTube video

Once done, you can head over to Teach Parents Tech, select some how-to videos that you think your parents would benefit from (and you indirectly), complete the email template and send it to their way.

This is how your email might look like, depending on your settings:

Teach Parents Tech email

And beware, you parents might reply with

  1. Thanks for sending me such an insulting tech support care package
  2. I can officially describe myself as a tech ninja.
  3. Teach Parents Tech reply

The Google folks should really make a video on “Any key”.

#Google#How-to#Teach Parents Tech

Comments

  1. Siva - December 14, 2010 @ 4:29 pm

    I check out and as I was a winner it (users less than 10k) I had a goodies page.
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150102204295306&set=a.10150102204120306.320210.242890645305

    But later it turned out to be only available for US :(

    Reply

    Vincent replied:

    I understand how annoying it can be. I now learn how to not get excited whenever I’m about to enter a contest or “won” something before checking whether non-US residents are eligible.

    Anyways, I wonder what is in the package. CDs with video tutorial maybe in case our parents don’t have an email address?

    Reply

    Siva replied:

    @Vincent, Package includes card, gmail keyword shortcut stickers , custom post-it notes.

    Moreover last week, I got a mail from Chrome team regarding CR48 (Not as in Pilot prgm) but after seeing the eligibility, I was Angry. :X

    Reply

  2. Mrinmay Bhattacharjee - December 15, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

    This is a great initiative by those Google Guys… Hats OFF! :)

    Reply

    Vincent replied:

    Many users will appreciate it, I believe. Did you send any of these videos to anyone?

    Reply

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